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This is a six board chest I made based on a Schwarz article in PW.

All made with 1×12's from HD. It took two of them to make this chest.

Pretty much all done with hand tools: cross cuts, joinery, and surfacing. I used a cambered jack to leave the surface undulations and plenty of tear out which adds a lot of character.

I didn't have any cut nails so I used screws caped off with oak dowels. I finished the plugs off with a gouge to make it look a little like a forged nail. I'll use cut nails next time, it will be a lot faster.

The paint is one coat of barn red paint. I knocked the sheen down with steel wool then sanded with 320 grit. I "distressed" it with 120 grit, a rasp, and finally dark wax.

I plan on making more of these, next time I'll get some cooler strap hinges from Lee Valley.

Thanks for looking!

Mauricio

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Looks good, and right at home in that spot.
 

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Pretty darn neat! I spend so much time sanding that sometimes I forget how good distressed pieces look. Nice!
 

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Beautiful work, love it!!!
 

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Thanks fellas! I especially like the texture left by the jack plane.

I also forget to mention that the bead was cut with my Stanley #45.
 

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Nicely done Maur!
 

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I recognized that bead detail for sure as being your #45. Very nice touch.
 

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Super chest nice work.
 

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Great looking chest Mauricio!
 

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Really nice work sir
 

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Pretty good old-style looking chest. Very authentically.

Great job!
 

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Very nice & authentic historic build with great details. Like you I prefer hand tools, I find them very enjoyable to use. Your results with these are great.
 

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Very nice. The painted finish looks great.
 

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A great chest. I like it!
 

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Very nice!

I like this simple design, and I have 5 kids, a wife and in-laws who all want one.

I'm intimidated by the paint finish, but I think that's what makes best sense for this piece. Yours look great!
 

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Well done, Sir! I have to make one of these now!
 

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Great chest, Maur! I can't make out the hand plane marks left behind on this lil iPad, but I'll look for them in person one of these days! LOL

That pine came out nicely colored! +1 to some cut nails!
 

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Love that chest Maur. You done well buddy and its a perfect fit for that area in your home.
 

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Thanks for the complements folks.

This was a fun build with hand tools in pine.

Now that it's done I'm very surprised at how many places in the house this thing fits. If fits by the stairs, behind the front door, next to the sofa, at the foot of the bed, etc… A very useful piece of furniture.

I want to make a smaller one for magazines next to the sofa with a sliding till for the remote controls.

Terry, the plane tracks are much more apparent in person than in the pics, come by anytime!

Jim, the paint couldn't be easier and it only took one little sample size can of paint from HD. The "rustic" excuse forgives any defects! :)
 
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